Quinta do Crasto Douro Tinto 2005
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Aromas and flavors of raspberry, blueberry and dark cherry, backed by fine-grained tannins and plenty of spicy notes. The finish is long, with dark chocolate and clove. Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. Drink now through 2010.
A wine that relies on delicious primary fruit flavors, fresh and lively, with acidity, soft but typically dry Douro tannins and red fruit flavors. A delicious, fresh wine.
The 2005 Tinto comes with a new label these days, just saying "Crasto," instead of "Quinta do Crasto." This is because it includes some new, nearby vineyard sources that are not all contained within Quinta do Crasto. It is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, just bottled in July, 2006. This is, by a long margin, Quinta do Crasto's simplest wine (at least until the debut of the Beaujolais-esque"Flor," meant to attack the sub-$10 market), rather basic, light, fruity and a bit foursquare. Whether due to the new vineyards or the vintage, or both, it seemed to me to be a notch or two below the overachieving 2003 Tinto. It is obviously young and grapey, and likely to be early maturing. With just hints of tannins around the edges, and perhaps a touch of bubblegum, too, that said, it is quite tasty and rather fragrant. If it has little depth and a modest finish, it just plain tastes good. Drink now-2012.